Dubai Police has released a short film on how Nigerian social media sensation, Ramoni Igbalode popularly known as Hushpuppi, Olalekan Jacob Ponle popularly known as Woodberry, along with ten members of the gang, specialised in money laundering and online fraud were tailed and arrested tbh an operation dubbed “Fox Hunt 2”.

According to HE Lieutenant General, Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, the operation is another achievement added to the proud record of Dubai police in ensuring the emirate’s security, safety, as well as preserving people’s property and money.

The self-acclaimed billionaire, Hushpuppi and some of his friends were arrested on June 10 in Dubai over fraud.

The Lieutenant General said;

Similar to operation ‘Fox Hunt 1’ that took down an African gang of nine online scammers last February, ‘Fox Hunt 2’ is another painful hit to cybercriminals who try to mess with the world’s security and safety. 

Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, Director of Criminal Investigation Department at Dubai Police, stated that they received information about a gang specialised in money laundering and online scams. He said;

The gang including Hushpuppi, known for his display of wealth on social media. He would pose as a businessman to lure victims from all around the world. A team of Dubai Police monitored the gang that was creating accounts on social media with fake names.

According to Dubai Police, the gang used to hack corporate emails and send fake emails to corporate customers to change money transfers to the gang’s personal banking accounts. During the arrest, police found a huge amount of data on individuals, companies, bank accounts, credit cards as well as documents of money laundering, online fraud and hacking accounts of victims outside the UAE. He said;

The forged documents pertained to online fraud outside the country. The fraud was worth more than Dh1.6 billion. We seized more than Dh150 million ($40.9 million) in cash from them and confiscated 13 luxury cars worth Dh25 million ($6.8 million).

Police also confiscated 21 computers and 47 smartphones, 15 memory cards, five hard disks containing 119,580 fraud files as well as addresses of nearly two million victims.


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